Primary vs. Secondary AML
What are the different types of AML?
Dr. Rami Komrokji

AML or acute myeloid leukemia is an aggressive blood cancer we refer to when the myeloblasts are more than 20 percent in the peripheral blood or the bone marrow.1-3

AML could be one of two types. One we call primary AML, where the patient has no prior history of blood disease. The other we refer to as secondary AML, where the patient could have a prior history of blood disease such as myelodysplastic syndromes, or a history of prior treatment for another type of cancer.

Those are collectively referred to as secondary AML.1,4,5